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Oak Ridge actor keep Anne’s spirit alive

Why see a play when you already know the tragic ending? Why remember an event that so many would like to forget? “It’s history,” explained Julia Garcia, assistant to the assistant director for Oak Ridge Drama’s “The Diary of Anne Frank” production opening March 20. “There were so many lives lost and this (play) shares […]

Comments Off / March 13, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Student of the Month: Isabelle Grupp

Rescue Union School District Superintendent David Swart, big sister Caroline Grupp, Lake Forest Elementary Principal Bruce Peters, proud mom Rivers Grupp and Buckeye Union School District Superintendent David Roth, left to right, surround the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills' Student of the Month Isabelle Grupp. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Fifth-grader Isabelle Grupp received the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Student of the Month award Wednesday morning for her uncompromising work ethic and compassion. “She works harder than any other student at our school,” said Lake Forest Elementary Principal Bruce Peters. “She always has a smile on her face and is incredibly supportive of […]

Comments Off / March 12, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rotarians have a crackin’ good time

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Coy Baugh and Interact volunteers Michelle Dutta, 17, and Sydney Simon, 16, left to right, pause for a photo before getting back to the important business of selling raffle tickets for Coy’s stylish Scratcher Hat at the club’s 21st annual Crab Feed & Dance Saturday night.  Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado Hills Rotarians really know how to throw a party — just ask guests at Saturday night’s 21st annual Rotary Crab Feed & Dance. Hundreds attended the crackin’ good time, enjoying a delicious meal prepared by Rotarians (and friends) and served by Oak Ridge Interact Club volunteers at the El Dorado Hills Community Services […]

Comments Off / March 10, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos | Read More »

Group clicks via camera club

An aged window in Coloma makes for an interesting photograph for the Chicks that Click. The group meets about once a month to photograph different sites and have lunch. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

These female friendships transcend mom talk or shopping. The dozen members of El Dorado Hills Chicks that Click share a mutual passion for photography. Three years ago people kept telling professional photographer Stephanie Redhair she had to meet Diane Orciuoli, another local woman most often found with a camera in hand. They struck up a […]

Comments Off / March 10, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Commuters get ‘Ashes to Go’

Father Sean Cox imposes ashes on Pat Nash, a parishoner at Faith Episcopal Church. Photo by Lynsey Paulo

CAMERON PARK — On Wednesday, March 5, Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park offered “Ashes to Go,” a new twist on an old Christian tradition, at the Park-and-Ride locations in Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills. Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy season of Lent in preparation for the celebration of Easter. For centuries, Christians have received a cross […]

Comments Off / March 06, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

New pastor, church serve as ‘instruments of grace’

Pastor Drew Sodestrom has revived the community church in northern El Dorado Hills. Vintage Grace holds services every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Marina Village Middle School. VIllage Life photo by Julie Samrick

Vintage Grace held its grand opening inside Marina Village Middle School’s gym last Sunday, where Pastor Drew Sodestrom delivered the first sermon about finding joy in Jesus in front of more than 300 people. Parishioners enjoyed food, bounce houses and live entertainment once the celebration moved outdoors. “The word ‘church’ is absent from the name […]

Comments Off / March 03, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Silva Valley’s vocab parade sparks wit, curiosity

Lucy Bunce, 10, of El Dorado Hills enjoys the spotlight in her sirloin costume on stage at Silva Valley Elementary on Feb. 28. Junior Kindergarten through fifthth-grade students dressed up as vocabulary words and held a parade in the multipurpose with family and friends in attendance. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Some children flaunted their way to the stage while others shyly strolled, but every student at Silva Valley Elementary participated in last Friday’s costumed vocabulary parade inside the gym. Set to upbeat music, students from junior kindergarten through fifth grade got to show off the one word they’d chosen to emulate. From everyday words like […]

Comments Off / March 03, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »